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Black Mental Health Matters pt. 3

Black Mental Health Matters pt. 3

  Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender, or identity. Anyone can develop a mental health problem, which is exactly why it is important that quality mental health care be made available and accessible on a much larger scale. In fact, a shortage of mental health care providers has been documented nationwide in the US – data was released in March 2020 by the Health Resources & Services Administration indicating that only about 27% of geographic areas have enough mental health practitioners, leaving 73% under-represented in terms of mental health care coverage. These numbers are incredibly distressing,...

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BIPOC Mental Health – An Overview of Real Numbers

BIPOC Mental Health – An Overview of Real Numbers

  Our previous BIPOC-focused blog post focused a bit on the disparities in the access to quality mental health coverage between whites and members of the BIPOC community. This time, we want to give you a very brief and high-level overview of real numbers as published by Mental Health America. If you’re interested, we have published this same information on our Instagram here. As part of BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to share some high-level statistics that will help to scratch the surface in terms of WHY we observe this month and WHY it’s so important to look...

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Taylor Michel
Some Facts Behind the Importance of BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

Some Facts Behind the Importance of BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

  According to the 2017 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report published by the US Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research an Quality, Americans have historically “experienced variable access to care based on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and residential location.” And while some disparities saw a decrease between 2000 and 2015, some persist, especially for poor and uninsured populations. Some of the statistics related to these disparities include: Trends show that about 55% percent of quality measures are improving overall for Blacks. However, most recent data in 2014-2015 show...

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July is BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

July is BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

    Did you know? On May 21, 2008, the US House of Representatives passed (with concurrence of the Senate) the resolution that the month of July would henceforth be recognized as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. You can read the actual text of the resolution itself here, but we do want to highlight a handful of the statistics that are specifically mentioned therein... Nearly 2/3 (or 67%) of all people with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek medical treatment. African Americans experience a much greater unmet need for mental health services and receive a...

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